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25 Star Flag

The Twenty-Five Star Flag became official on July 4th, 1836 after one star was added when Arkansas became the 25thState on June 15th, 1836. This was the official US Flag for one year.

Politics and Government


January 9, 1836: Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, joining the Texan revolution against Mexico.


January 25, 1837: Michigan becomes the first U.S. state to abolish the death penalty.



February 23, 1836: The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.


June 5, 1836: Arkansas becomes the 25th state of the United States.


August 2, 1836: The U.S. Congress establishes the Wisconsin Territory.


September 5, 1836: Sam Houston is elected as the first President of the Republic of Texas.


November 29, 1836: The Republic of Texas offers the Texas Declaration of Independence.


December 10, 1836: Martin Van Buren is elected as the 8th President of the United States


January 30, 1837: Michigan becomes the 26th state of the United States.


March 20, 1837: Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, is born


June 5, 1837: the Republic of Texas incorporates Houston, Texas.


Science, Technology and Medicine


June 18, 1837: American physician and abolitionist Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse dies.


August 25, 1835: The New York Sun publishes the "Great Moon Hoax," falsely claiming the discovery of life on the Moon.





Arts, Culture and Literature


August 1, 1836: Transcendentalist leader Ralph Waldo Emerson publishes his essay "Nature."


September 1, 1836: Narcissa Whitman, one of the first two white women to cross the Rocky Mountains, arrives at the Walla Walla settlement.


November 7, 1836: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" is first published.







International Events (July 4, 1836 - July 3, 1837)


July 17, 1836: British forces defeat Chinese rebels in the Battle of Chinkiang during the First Opium War.


July 29, 1836: French King Louis-Philippe inaugurates The Arc de Triomphe in Paris.


September 15, 1836: Charles Darwin returns to England aboard HMS Beagle, ending his voyage.


December 26, 1836: The HMS Beagle departs from King George's Sound, Australia, continuing its voyage.


December 28, 1836: Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico


February 7, 1837: The Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is mortally wounded in a duel.


July 4, 1837: Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens in England.


June 19, 1837: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom takes her throne.

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